Esther 6* Providence recommends Mordecai to the king's favour. (1-3)Haman's counsel honours Mordecai. (4-11) Haman's friends tellhim of his danger. (12-14)1-3 The providence of God rules over the smallest concerns ofmen. Not a sparrow falls to the ground without him. Trace thesteps which Providence took towards the advancement of Mordecai.The king could not sleep when Providence had a design to serve,in keeping him awake. We read of no illness that broke hissleep, but God, whose gift sleep is, withheld it from him. Hewho commanded a hundred and twenty-seven provinces, could notcommand one hour's sleep. 4-11 See how men's pride deceives them. The deceitfulness ofour own hearts appears in nothing more than in the conceit wehave of ourselves and our own performances: against which weshould constantly watch and pray. Haman thought the king lovedand valued no one but himself, but he was deceived. We shouldsuspect that the esteem which others profess for us, is not sogreat as it seems to be, that we may not think too well ofourselves, nor trust too much in others. How Haman is struck,when the king bids him do honour to Mordecai the Jew, the veryman whom he hated above all men, whose ruin he was nowdesigning! 12-14 Mordecai was not puffed up with his honours, he returnedto his place and the duty of it. Honour is well bestowed onthose that do not think themselves above their business. ButHaman could not bear it. What harm had it done him? But thatwill break a proud man's heart, which will not break a humbleman's sleep. His doom was, out of this event, read to him by hiswife and his friends. They plainly confessed that the Jews,though scattered through the nations, were special objects ofDivine care. Miserable comforters are they all; they did notadvise Haman to repent, but foretold his fate as unavoidable.The wisdom of God is seen, in timing the means of his church'sdeliverance, so as to manifest his own glory
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